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Legal news from Friday, November 11, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday urged the US Supreme Court not to hear Arizona's appeal of a decision enjoining four provisions of the state's controversial immigration law. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an injunction in April before …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Kosovo politician and parliamentarian Fatmir Limaj went on trial on Friday for war crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia. Limaj allegedly ordered two captured Serb policemen executed and tortured another Serbian captive in 1999. Limaj is also under investigation for embezzling funds while serving as transport minister. The senior politician, …

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by Matthew Pomy

Syrian governmental forces have been committing crimes against humanity, including torture and unlawful killings of anti-government protesters in Homs, Syria, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Friday. According to HRW, Homs, a governorate with some of the strongest anti-government leanings, has become "a microcosm of the Syrian government's brutality." …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Friday that his office would prosecute individuals involved election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is expected to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on November 28. The prosecutor's statement follows a UN report published earlier this month encouraging …

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by Sarah Posner

Prosecutors at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) urged the judge Friday to wait to commence the trial in absentia of four Hezbollah members indicted for killing former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The STL has faced great difficulty trying to arrest the members of Hezbollah in …

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by Brandon Gatto

A US military court on Thursday convicted an army squad commander of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a "kill team" in Afghanistan that targeted unarmed civilians and collected body parts as war trophies. While three of the four defendants pleaded guilty and received reduced sentences, Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, 26, was given a life sentence …

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by Sarah Posner

The Ugandan High Court on Thursday sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for beating to death prominent gay rights activist David Kato. Enock Nsubuga confessed to the January 2011 killing, admitting to beating Kato with a hammer at his home before he died on the way to the hospital. Nsubuga claimed that he …

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by Hillary Stemple

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the Tunisian government not to extradite former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, warning that he would be "at a real risk for torture" if he is returned to Libya. Al-Mahmoudi, who served under Muammar Gaddafi, has been held …

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by John Paul Putney

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday released a partially redacted opinion in Latif v. Obama, overturning the release order for Yemeni Guantanamo detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. The redaction at times covers entire sections, but reveals strong divisions between the deciding judges. The unredacted portion …

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